Luka Doncic and the Mavs crush the Suns to afford a game 7

Six games and still no away win! The Mavs won their third and final home game of the series by drawing the conference semifinal 3-3 against the Suns. A game they dominated from start to finish, relying on solid defense and a much better long-range address.

As is often the case in this series, the start of the match was reduced to a duel between “Mr. First Quarter-Timer”, Devin Booker and Luka Doncic. The two men did more damage by approaching the circle with a happier efficiency for one than for the other: 8 points for the back of the Suns with four shots against 10 for the Slovenian but up … 11 shots. Despite the clumsiness of their attacking midfielder, determined like Jalen Brunson to attack Chris Paul as much as possible, the Mavs turn a short header after twelve minutes (28-25).

Advance confirmed in the following period thanks to the success of several Texan shooters, Maxi Kleber and above all Spencer Dinwiddie and Reggie Bullock, much more confident than in the previous match.

This address began to make a difference in the second part of this quarter ended badly by Suns clumsy on shots and ball in hand. Luka Doncic took a “step back” behind the arc against his favorite “matchup”, Deandre Ayton, and Dallas offered a more than ten point lead (49-39).

But Monty Williams’ men finished the first period so badly that they returned to the locker room 15 points behind (60-45). The serenity shown on the Suns manager’s face contrasted with the surrender of his team on the ground. The latter continued to thwart a well-established Texan defense and the gap, instead of being narrowed, continued to be widened by the locals.

The defense fell asleep twice, leaving the way open for Luka Doncic to crush without opposition. The offensive efforts of Deandre Ayton and the fight fought by Devin Booker will remain in vain: Phoenix, whose attack seems completely taken, was behind by more than 20 points at the beginning of the quarter (94-72). A last period without much interest where a “junk time” will end up closing the debates. The opportunity for Boban Marjanovic to score his first points in these playoffs.

WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER

Spoiled for the ball in the hands of the Suns … There is no need to look any further for the main statistical differential between the two teams. The Suns lost 22 balls, including 7 in the third quarter, where opponents only made six possessions. Arizona players owe this terrible relationship as much to careless mistakes, with sometimes risky transmissions, as to defensive pressure on the other side. Think for example of an action in which Frank Ntilikina, best interceptor of the match (4), put his body in opposition on a dribble by Chris Paul who ended up losing control of the ball and sending it into touch. The Texans have largely benefited from these “turnovers” recording a gap of 29 points.

… and on throw-ins. Part of the game was played in the last moments of the first period. On a throw-in from the baseline, Luka Doncic found Reggie Bullock all alone crossing the circle for two free throws. Explanation? A communication error on a screen in the back between Devin Booker and Mikal Bridges. Next possession, new throw-in from the bottom line of the Slovenian. And a new defensive error by the Suns with three defenders occupied by two screens, leaving Maxi Kleber all alone to 3 points. Afterwards, Reggie Bullock interrupted a Chris Paul pass before penalizing behind the arc. This sudden 8-0 hurt the guests a lot.

TOP / FLOPS

Luca Doncic. More awkwardness on 3 points, as well as awkwardness on free throws, but new great production, and investment in defense especially in front of Devin Booker, for the Slovenian who wins his first career victory in a playoff game in the NBA. It was already his 13th game in the playoffs with 30 points or more.

Reggie Bullock and Spencer Dinwiddie. The two men had signed a previous non-match with an overall 0/8. They reacted extensively tonight with a superb 10/18 from distance between them. Special mention to the first city that gave a lot in defense against Devin Booker, hence his time, the most important of the match. The second, who had not scored 15 points from the first round, recalled that he was not lacking in nerves. This long-range prowess appears to be the key to the Mavs’ success in these playoffs.

Chris Paolo. New game that doesn’t look much like the Suns point guard. He reinforced his stat sheet with two winning baskets in a last quarter that seemed to have already been played. Before that, he was surprisingly passive in attack and, like Devin Booker, he was losing balls that didn’t look like him. Since he celebrated his 37th birthday, he is far from the level shown upstream in these playoffs.

THE FOLLOWING

Game 7 : in Phoenix, Sunday, May 15.

Nonconformists / 113 Strokes It bounces
Players Minimum Strokes 3 points LF or D. T. pd party int bp CT +/- Points Assessment
D. Finney-Smith 25 1/4 1/3 1/2 1 4 5 1 5 1 0 0 +19 4 7
R. Bullock 40 7/15 5/11 0/0 3 4 7 0 2 2 0 0 +15 19 20
D. Powell 17 2/2 0/0 4/6 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 2 +11 8 11
J Brunson 35 6/14 0/3 6/6 0 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 +24 18 16
L. Doncic 35 26/11 2/8 9/14 1 10 11 8 4 4 1 0 +15 33 35
Mr. Kleber 25 3/6 3/5 0/0 1 3 4 2 4 0 1 0 +11 9 11
D. Bertans 8 0/1 0/1 3/4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 -1 3 2
S. Brown 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 +9 0 3
Mr. Chriss 2 0/0 0/0 2/2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 +4 2 3
B. Marjanovic 2 0/1 0/0 2/2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 +4 2 3
T. Burke 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +4 0 0
S. Dinwiddie 21 5/7 5/7 0/0 0 1 1 3 1 1 2 0 +2 15 16
F. Ntilikina 21 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 2 4 4 2 1 +9 0 5
J. Green 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 +9 0 1
Total 35/77 16/39 27/36 7 32 39 18 23 16 6 4 113
alone / 86 Strokes It bounces
Players Minimum Strokes 3 points LF or D. T. pd party int bp CT +/- Points Assessment
J. Crowder 29 2/4 1/1 4/4 0 2 2 2 5 0 1 0 -7 9 10
Mr. Bridges 31 2/7 1/1 2/2 1 4 5 5 1 0 2 1 -18 7 11
D. Ayton 30 16/10 0/0 1/4 2 9 11 1 3 0 2 0 -16 21 22
C. Paul 36 4/7 3/5 2/2 1 1 2 4 5 2 5 0 -14 13 13
D. Booker 39 17/6 0/4 7/7 2 6 8 3 4 1 8 1 -19 19 13
I. Wainright 4 0/3 0/1 0/0 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 -7 0 -1
T.Craig 15 3/6 0/2 0/0 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 0 -6 6 7
C. Johnson 20 1/5 1/3 2/2 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 -14 5 5
B.Biyombo 14 2/4 0/0 0/0 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 -13 4 5
C. Payne 4 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 -7 0 -3
L. Shame 17 1/6 0/1 0/0 0 3 3 2 2 0 2 0 -14 2 0
Total 31/78 6/18 18/21 13 32 45 18 27 3 22 2 86

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